Clinical Research Coordinator

Updated: December 6, 2017
Job ID: 213448
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Clinical Research Coordinator to support the John P. Murtha Cancer (MCC) research projects at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) in San Diego, California.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MCC. 

The John P. Murtha Cancer Center located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland is a modern, patient-centric, tri-service military healthcare facility. Its comprehensive core of military and civilian oncologists and other cancer-trained clinicians and researchers provide multidisciplinary cancer-care delivery and patient-family support services. Our Cancer Center, the only DoD Cancer Center of Excellence within the Military Health System, offers its patients access to cutting-edge cancer diagnostic and treatment technologies.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:                                                                                   50% of time

The incumbent will coordinate all research activities related to the performance and compliance of all research projects in multidisciplinary areas under the directions of designated Principle Investigators and the leadership of Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda. 

  1. Works closely with the designated Principle Investigators and provides board range of research coordination support to the partner MTFs on behalf of MCC.
  2. Serves as the point of contact for Relay Health between MCC/WRNMMC and partner MTFs.
  3. Provides the referral coordination and arrangements for complex or rare cancer cases between MCC/WRNMMC and partner MTFs under Relay Health systems.
  4. Monitors the progress of assigned clinical research projects and provides regular updates to the PI.
  5. Reviews new patient records and screens patients for eligibility for participating in research protocol.
  6. Consents patients, and interviews patients to collect data on health history and lifestyle practices.  Performs blood collection and processing as needed.
  7. Prepares samples for shipment, enters the required data and prepares reports as needed.
  8. Responsible for maintaining full compliance with all applicable requirements of the CAP, Department of Defense, partner MTFs, and other appropriate regulatory agencies.
  9. Maintains excellent communication and positive relationships with all collaborated sites.
  10. Responsible for implementing SOPs, research protocols and policies for all assigned research projects.
  11. Manages the inventory of supplies and equipment used for MCC research projects in partner MTFs.
  12. Performs other duties as needed.  

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:                                                                                   50% of time

Responsibilities are to coordinate activities associated with scheduling and treating patients with clinical trials and maintaining accurate documentation along with complying with all governing regulations. Coordinates Cancer Clinical Trials throughout the command, acting as liaison between principal investigators and the clinical investigations department (CID)/institutional review board (IRB), assisting in preparing research protocols and consent documents to the IRB.

  1. Assists in collection and organization of pre-screening medical documents from various sources.
  2. Acts as liaison between patients and physicians to gather and provide information.
  3. Assists with obtaining informed consent for clinical trials from patients.
  4. Assists with scheduling patients for appointments and procedures.
  5. When appropriate, collects urine, blood and other specimens required by research protocols.
  6. Delivers specimens to specified laboratories, when requested, or ships specimens to central labs as required by protocol.
  7. Collects data appropriate to research protocols. Reports results that warrant prompt action to the research physicians.
  8. Assists with preparing and maintaining manual and computerized data in patient case report forms according to protocol requirements and prescribed standards.
  9. Assists with transcribing a data from patient charts and other source documents to case report forms.
  10. Assists with preparation of documents and reports.
  11. Prepares for visits by clinical trial monitors and assists during those visits.
  12. Assists in query resolution
  13. Attends coordinators meetings and site initiation visits as required.
  14. Adheres to good clinical practices.
  15. Performs other duties as a signed by PI and/or Foundation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Working knowledge of U.S. Federal government regulations regarding the conduct of human clinical research.
  • Clinical competence in application of professional nursing theory, practice, and skills for the care of pediatric and adult patients.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral modes and to teach in formal and informal settings.
  • Skills in counseling, guidance and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Good typing skills to allow online documentation of patient interactions.
  • Knowledge of basic nursing procedures and requirements of ancillary departments; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; familiarity with standard clinical and business software; ability to work with individuals at all technical and professional levels and with patient and family members.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  A Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree will be plus.


Minimum Experience:  Certified 2-4 years experience working with research protocols; bachelor's degree or formal training as an LVN, medical assistant or clinical research assistant. A minimum of two years’ experience coordinating research protocols OR certification as a Certified Clinical Trial Investigator (CCTI)


Physical Capabilities:  Requires sitting for long periods at a computer and/or desk.  Travel to collaborating military or civilian facilities.  Walking, lifting and bending required.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Registered Nurse, Complete human protection training developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) within one month from start date. Licensed vocational nurse, certified medical assistant or certified to clinical research associate.

Work Environment:  Hospital/Office

Must be a US Citizen and pass a favorable National Agency Check.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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